‘Tarzan’ revamps tale for Cumming Playhouse stage

Runs through June 22

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CUMMING, Ga. — If you think you know the tale of Tarzan, expect to be surprised.

Cumming Playhouse is performing “Tarzan: the Musical,” based on the Disney movie of the same name, through June 22. But Director Neva Garrett, of Dahlonega, said the show offers plenty of surprises for those who have seen the film.

The story follows a young man raised by apes who, when meeting another person for the first time, learns about love and what it means to be human.

Even though it is based on an animated movie, the musical is not just for children.

“The emotional conflict brings in all kinds of mature and beautiful nuances,” Garrett said.

Garrett said “Tarzan” is a story rich in relationships, showing that “being different is okay, that love transcends things like appearance.”

The show incorporates primarily tribal-themed choreography with cirque aerialists using silks. The music is written by Phil Collins, author of the film’s memorable song “You’ll Be in My Heart.”

Viewers can expect an emotional experience.

“I’m the director sitting there watching it a hundred times in a row, and I cry,” Garrett said.

The musical, produced by MelloDrama Productions, stars Austin Collins as Tarzan, choreographer Shelby Garrett as Jane, music director Hannah Chapman as Tarzan’s mother Kallah and Joseph Masson as a young Tarzan.

Show times are 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15 Thursday and $25 for other performances. The Cumming Playhouse is located at 101 School St. in Cumming.

For more information, visit www.playhousecumming.com.

If you go:

What: “Tarzan: the Musical”

Where: 101 School St. in Cumming

When: Thursday through Sunday, through June 22

Cost: $15 Thursdays, $25 other performances

FH 06-18-14